Careers for French students

Alumnae of the Department of French have gone on to work in a vast array of fields. The following lists offer a very small representative sample from various fields and include women from the classes of 1980-2014 who either majored in French or double-majored in French and some other discipline at Mount Holyoke.


Stephanie Gouse Vyce ’87, Subsidiary Rights Manager, Harvard University Press

Diane de Castro ’89, Acquisitions Editor, Prentice-Hall

Sirarat Snidvongs Buranasiri ’90, Translator, Elle (Thailand)

Jessica Matthews ’91 (M.S., Boston University), Metro Editor, Scranton Times (former: Staff Writer, Gannett Newspapers)

Christine Muhlke ’92, Executive Editor, Bon Appétit (former: Deputy Editor, The New York Times); co-author, with David Kinch and Eric Ripert, Manresa: An Edible Reflection (2013) and, with Eric Ripert, On the Line: Inside the World of Le Bernardin (2008)

Megan Pickett ’97, Freelance Journalist, Modern Luxury, Inc. Magazine Group (former: Features Editor, Hong Kong Tatler Magazine)

Mary Elisabeth (Missy) Schwartz ’97 (M.A., Harvard), Senior Editor, Entertainment Weekly

Lauren Edson ’98, Book Editor, J. Paul Getty Trust

Andrea Costella Dawson ’01, Editor, W.W. Norton and Co.


Paula Sullivan Souloumiac ’80, Director, International TV Partnerships, France Télécom (Paris)

Nina Lederman ’81, Vice President, Lifetime Television Network (former: Executive Vice President, Warner Brothers Television; Vice President for Production, NBC, Inc.)

Pamela Golomb ’89 (M.B.A., Tulane), Director of Marketing, Sirius XM Radio

Leila Armin-Arsala ‘89, Correspondent, Dubai Television (former: Research Consultant, United Nations)

Catherine Clover ’94 (PhD, Oxford), Staff Writer and Asia Editor, Electrum Magazine (Bangkok)

Shannon Service ’97, Independent Producer and Reporter (former: Associate Producer, CNN; Associate Producer, HBO)

Megan Vandehey ’98, Assistant Editor, Harpo Productions, Inc. (Oprah Winfrey)

Duong Tran ’09, Reporter, Vietnam Television


Allyson J. Cornish ‘84 (M.A., Middlebury), Office Management Specialist, US Embassy (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) (former: Office Management Specialist, US Embassy, Tunis, Tunisia)

Melanie Brooke Darby ’92 (J.D., Georgetown), Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of State, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Division (former: Deputy Director, US Department of State, Office Of Iraq Programs; Civilian Policing Specialist, US Department of State, International Civilian Policing Operations/Kosovo Peacekeeping; Foreign Policy Assistant, Clinton for President Campaign)

Claire Klotz Mezoughem ’92 (M.A., Purdue University), Meat and Livestock Analyst, US Department of Agriculture (former: Economist, US Department of Agriculture)

Melissa Rosser ’92 (M.A., University of Maryland), Project Officer for African Affairs, US Agency for International Development (USAID)

Maryanna Phillips Koehring ’95 (M.A.T., School for International Training), Higher Education Specialist, Us Agency for International Development (USAID)

Cybele Cochran ’98 (M.A., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University), Conflict Specialist, US Agency for International Development (USAID) (former: Technical Writer, Department of Homeland Security; volunteer, Peace Corps)

René Gutel ‘00, Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State (Paris)

Fariha Kamal ’01 (PhD, Syracuse University), Economist, US Department of Commerce-Census Bureau

Lauren Inman Goldman ’02 (M.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), Analyst, Defense Intelligence Agency, US Department of Defense (former: Foreign Affairs Specialist, US Federal Aviation Administration)

Alexis Leonard ’02 (M.A., American University), Malaria Technical Advisor, Bureau for Global Health, US Agency for International Development (USAID) (former: Volunteer, Peace Corps)

Emily Renard ’02, Foreign Affairs Officer, US Department of State

Choitsho Dorji ’04, Foreign Trade Officer, Department of Trade, Royal Government of Bhutan

Rena Rosenzveig ’10, Economic Research Analyst, US Federal Trade Commission

Erin Syring ’13, Research and Editorial Assistant, The Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies, George Washington University

Finance/Banking/ Investment

Ellen Danazcko Ellison ’80 (M.B.A., Columbia), Chief Investment Officer, University of Illinois Foundation (former: Director of Investments, University of Miami; Senior Vice President, Fiduciary Trust Co. International; Financial Consultant, Merrill Lynch and Co., Inc.)

Stephanie Summers Leouzon ’84 (M.B.A., University of Virginia), Partner and Head of European Division, Torreya Partners (London) (former: Managing Director, Crédit Suisse; Vice President, J. P. Morgan, Inc.; Account Associate, Shearson Lehman Hutton; Director, Salomon Brothers)

Mariela Ferro Platt ’91 (M.B.A., Harvard), Managing Director, Platinum Global (London) (former: Assistant Vice President, Merrill Lynch and Co., Inc.; Vice President, Shearson Lehman Hutton)

Sage Hiley ‘92 (M.A., Middlebury, M.A., Georgetown), Reserves Management, The World Bank

Tiko Boesze Robertson ’92, Director, Schwab Institutional/Marketing, Charles Schwab Corporation

Kristin Dieter ’95, Assistant Vice President, Mellon Financial Corp.

Raluca Dalea ’01 (M.B.A., University of Texas-Austin), Associate Director/Senior Vice President, MacQuarie Bank Limited (former: Equity Research Associate for Global Markets, Deutsche Bank; Analyst, J.P. Morgan Chase)

Alicia Hammond ’08 (M.A., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University), Consultant, The World Bank (former: Associate, Women and Public Policy Program, Kennedy School, Harvard University)

Jessica Ng ’14, Investment Banker, Bangkok Bank


Sarah Pugh Tate ’85 (J.D., Cornell), Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service

Felice Einhorn Javit ’86 (J.D., Yeshiva University), Vice President and Senior Counsel, Simon and Schuster, Inc.

Polly Clark ’93 (J.D., Yale) (former: General Counsel, Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Heather Balmat ‘94 (M.A., Middlebury; J.D., Boston University), Attorney, Balmat Law, Boston (Trademark and Intellectual Property Law)

Amanda DeMeola ’01 (J.D., Penn State, J.D. Dickinson School of Law), Senior Appellate Court Attorney, New York State Supreme Court

Anna de Vries Koelewijn ’01 (M.A., University of Leiden), Head of Administration, The Hague Conference on Private International Law (former: Head of Human Resources, The Hague Conference on Private International Law)

Museum/Arts Administration

Jill Johnson Deupi ’91 (J.D., American University; PhD, University of Virginia), Director, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami (former: Assistant to the Director, Royal Academy of Arts, London; Assistant Project Manager, Royal Academy of Arts, London)

April Kim Tonin ’92 (M. A., Columbia), Director of Visual Education, Nightingale-Bamford School (New York) (former: Coordinator of Distance Learning and Teacher Information Center, Museum of Modern Art)

Kristen Collins ’93 (M.A., Williams College, PhD, University of Texas-Austin), Associate Curator, J. Paul Getty Museum

Jennifer Wisniewski ’99 (M. A., University of California-Riverside), Exhibits Specialist, Clinton Presidential Library

Alanna Jordan ’02, Fine Arts Registrar, Fondation Cartier pour L’Art Contemporain (Paris)

Stephanie Brien Baker ’03 (M.A., NYU), Associate Registrar, Peabody Essex Museum

Business/Marketing/Public Relations/Advertising

Louise Denegre ’80 (J.D., University of Connecticut), Owner, Parlez-Vous Provence French Market (

Mary Root Bell ’83, Vice President of Global Marketing, Estee Lauder, Inc.

Maureen McHale Hood ’87 (M.B.A., Georgetown), Marketing Director, Proctor and Gamble Co.

Jennifer Lahey Ullyot ’92 (M.B.A., University of Virginia), Director of Business Solutions, AOL Time Warner

Julia Labaton ’93, President and Owner, RED PR (former: Senior Account Executive, Lippe Taylor Public Relations; Public Relations Associate, Vogue Magazine)

Jessica Bowen ’94, Business Sales Coordinator, Tiffany and Co.

Kristen Williams ’98, Merchandising Manager, Tiffany and Co.

Katherine Axt ’01 (M.B.A., Columbia), Senior Marketing Manager,

Christina Giordano ’07, Marketing Manager, Saks Fifth Ave.

NGO’s/Development Organizations

Tracey Hebert-Seck ’92 (M.A., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University), Regional Director, World Vision International (former: Director for West and Central Africa, United Nations Office for Project Services; Technical Advisor, US Agency for International Development [USAID]; Technical Advisor, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris [OECD])

Antoinette Dack Major ’95, Director of Marketing, World Wildlife Fund

Aili Peterson ’02 (M.P.A. Syracuse University), Manager, Chemonics International (former: Program Officer, Princeton in Africa)

Jemilah Abdulai ‘09 (M.A., Johns Hopkins), Consultant, African Development Bank Group (Tunisia)

Higher Education

Marcia Brumit Kropf ’67 (M.A.T., Oberlin; PhD, NYU), President, Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College (former: CEO, Girls, Inc.)

Nancy Vickers ’67 (PhD, Yale) (former: President, Bryn Mawr College)

Helen Gannon Drinan ’69 (M.L.S., Simmons College; M.B.A., Simmons College), President, Simmons College

Barbara Stebbins-Boaz ’81 (PhD, Brown), Associate Professor of Biology, Willamette University

Carmen J. Cividanes-Lago ’83 (M.Ed., Harvard; PhD, Oxford), Executive Director, Association of Private Colleges and Universities of Puerto Rico

Amy Gosselin Loth ’94 (M.A. in Comparative Politics and Public Policy, Université de Montpellier I-Faculté de Droit et Science Politique), Founder and Director, Mount Holyoke College Program in Montpellier

Courtney Murren ’94 (PhD, University of Connecticut), Assistant Professor of Biology, College of Charleston

Aya Tanaka ’94, (MA, Columbia; PhD, Rutgers), Adjunct Professor, Stern School of Business, New York University

Emily Burrill ’97 (M.A., University of Vermont, PhD, Stanford), Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and African History, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Priya Ratneshwar ’98 (M.A., University of Missouri), Director of Alumnae Communications, Bryn Mawr College (former: Public Relations Writer, University of Pennsylvania)

Noel Schiller ’98 (PhD, University of Michigan), Assistant Professor of Art History, University of South Florida

Jennifer Kyker ‘02 (PhD, University of Pennsylvania), Assistant Professor of Musicology, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

Kelly Buttermore ’03, Grants Coordinator, American Council of Learned Societies

Aleksandra Kacperczyk ’04 (PhD, University of Michigan), Fred Kayne Career Development Professor of Entrepreneurship/Associate Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, Sloan School of Management-Massachusetts Institute of Technology

An Thi Minh Vo ’12, Marketing Coordinator, RMIT University Vietnam


Stephanie Willen Brown ’85 (M.L.S., Simmons College), Director, Park Library, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Martha O’Hara Conway ’85 (M.L.S., University of Michigan-Dearborn), Associate Director of Special Collections, University of Michigan System (former: Catalog Management Librarian, Yale University; Librarian, Library of Congress)

Sarah Wenzel ’92 (M.A., M.L.S., University of Illinois) Bibliographer for Literatures, University of Chicago (former: Columbia University; Reference Coordinator, Humanities Library, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


Sarah Morrison Dillon ’90 (M.D., University of Cincinnati), Psychiatrist, Private Practice, Cincinnati

Kimberly Christy ’93 (DVM, University of Pennsylvania), Veterinarian, Animal Emergency Clinic, Austin, TX

Sarita Nori ’93 (M.D., Harvard), Dermatologist, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates

Grace Nicksa ’97 (M.P.H., Dartmouth; M.D., University of Connecticut), Surgeon, Children’s Hospital, Boston

Carrie Holland ’00 (M.D., Loyola University Chicago), Family Medicine, Private Practice/MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, Illinois

Raksha Mudbhary ’04 (PhD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine) Analyst (Oncology), GlobalData (former: Research Assistant, Harvard Medical School/Children’s Hospital)

Natercia Rodrigues ’06 (M.D., University of Connecticut), Resident, Family Medicine, University of Rochester

Adrianna Saada ’06 (M.P.H., Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), Program Coordinator, Public Health Solutions, New York


Mara Bonde Richter ’91 (Master of Music, Boston University), Freelance Opera Singer (multiple affiliations [Boston Pops, Tanglewood Chorus, Handel and Haydn Society et al.], performances and recordings)


Jane Gerdsen ‘00 (M. Div., The Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA), Priest, The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio (former: Priest-in-Charge, St, Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Dayton, Ohio; Youth Program Director, Church of the Advent, Boston)